Pastor Stephen Dedman

The Throne Of Grace

‘Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.’
Hebrews 4:16

There is a feeling that we all experience at some point in our lifetime and that is the state of helplessness. It is a feeling that makes us think that there is nothing we can do. It comes when we have exhausted all resources.

Helplessness can actually be a good thing. When we turn to God in our helplessness, great is the reward. Actually God will allow us to get to that point so that all we can do is turn to Him. So many people in the Bible were helpless and they turned to God for help. (Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Job… just to name a few.)

Some things are just out of our control. The feelings that occur when we are in a state of helplessness are sometimes expressed through stress, discouragement and anger.

It’s in times like these that people feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and angered because there is nothing they can do about their situation. I am sure you can remember a time when you endured a circumstance that made you feel this way.

God gives us grace when we are in time of need. It’s in these times that only God can help us. It’s in these times that we are desperate for God to help us. Are you desperate for God?

Pray

Lord, help my helplessness. Help me to turn to You for all things. Give me grace that will get me through any situation I face.

Turn It Over To The Lord

‘And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”’
Mark 4:37-38

It feels great when you are in control of your circumstances. But what about when God allows things to happen around us that are completely out of our control?

Sometimes (many times) we tend to forget how big God really is. We also tend to forget how much He loves and cares for us.

The disciples found themselves in a helpless situation in the middle of the lake. Little did they know they were about to learn a very important lesson.

They were very familiar with the Sea of Galilee as they sailed many times before. But on this day the unthinkable happened! The disciples were experiencing hurricane force winds that were threatening their lives.

Where was Jesus in all the chaos? Mark tells us that Jesus was in the stern, fast asleep! Have you ever felt like God didn’t care about what was happening in your life?

They woke Jesus up and said, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Worry and fear will control you when you forget how much God cares and loves you. As soon as Jesus calmed the winds and waves, the disciples knew that God was right there in their midst.

When we find ourselves in the middle of difficult situations we need to immediately admit our helplessness to God and trust in His care and love and know that He is right here with us.

What is out of your control that you need to give over to the Lord? Trust God to take care of it.

Pray

Lord, I admit my weakness and helplessness to You right now. I need to experience Your love and care. Remove my fear and worry and give me peace. Let me know that You are with me.